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legal malpractice?

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In a fit of pique, my attorney abandoned me just as a settlement was about to be signed with the result that the opposing attorney refused to honor the unsigned agreement, I was unable to find another attorney "at such a late date," and therefore the opposition's motion was granted unopposed. The loss to me was $40,000.
The same attorney, in the same matter:
-- pressured me to lie in a hearing on a contempt citation against me. When I refused, he threw a fit, but "managed" later the same day to settle the matter without a court hearing. His failure to act was the cause of the citation in the first place and it cost me time off from work, plane fare, and motel expense for a situation that should never have happened.
--publicly berated and insulted me in the court waiting room, in full view and hearing of a crowded room that included both opposing attorneys and litigants.
--refused to answer my questions, to account for his actions, to file any motions on my behalf or explain why he didn't want to.
--In his office and publicly his manner and language was consistently insulting, intimidating and abusive.
--He refused to acknowlege me in court and publicly demonstrated by his attitude and body language contempt for and anger at his client

Money was not an issue. He was paid regularly.
He cost me wasted time and money, emotional turmoil and half my inheritance. Is this a case of malpractice?

I have been advised to report him to the state attorney's disciplinary committee. I have read they are rarely effective. Can I use an attorney to prepare, submit and track the complaint? Would that make it any more likely to be acted upon?
Thank you.



re: legal malpractice?

I'm sorry--I'm in Illinois...thank you


I'd not only report him,...I'd sue him for malpractice.
In IL the Attorny disciplinary committee can be effective, but not always in a timely fashion. That's why you go in parallel with a civil malpractice suit.

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